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  • In My Own Words: Khoa Nguyen

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    Khoa Nguyen is a Vietnamese New Zealander based in Wellington. He is a certified chartered accountant who runs his own consultancy business, has held various directorships and is an avid volunteer. Between early meetings and volunteering at the Wellington City Mission he generously made some time to catch up with the Office of Ethnic Communities for a quick Question and Answer session

    Khoa Anh, your name is very familiar to many in Wellington but could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

  • Secure website

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities website has recently moved from HTTP to HTTPS.

    What does that mean? Using HTTPS, the computers agree on a “code” between them, and then they scramble the messages using that “code” so that no one in between can read them. It basically keeps your information safe from hackers.

  • Mokaa Exhibition

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities is proud to have sponsored Mokaa the land of opportunity Indians in Aotearoa through our Ethnic Communities Development Fund.

    The New Zealand Indian Central Association invites you to attend the opening ceremony and launch of Mokaa: 125 yers of Indian New Zealanders; a historical exhibition with remarkable stories and close to 100 compelling and rarely seen photographs.

  • Ethnic Communities Development Fund

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    The Ethnic Communities Development Fund applications dates for 2017 have been set. The fund will be open for requests on Wednesday 16 August 2017 and close at midnight on Wednesday 27 September 2017. There will be one funding round a year.

    The fund distributes $520,000 each year to community groups for projects to be implemented in 2018. There are three fund priorities, leadership development, social cohesion and cultural events.

  • Media Release: World’s largest online marketplace to discuss e-commerce with ethnically diverse Kiwi businesses

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    The Office of Ethnic Communities has today announced the programme for this years’ Ethnic People in Commerce (EPIC) NZ conference, including the keynote speaker from the Alibaba Group.

    Pier Smulders, Business Development Director – New Zealand for Alibaba Group, will present the EPIC NZ keynote speech about the opportunities for New Zealand businesses with the world’s largest online and mobile marketplace.

  • EPIC NZ Conference – Registrations now open

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    Registrations are now open for the Ethnic People In Commerce (EPIC) NZ Conference 2017. Spaces are limited to 300 so be in quick. You can find out more about the conference and how to register here

  • Migrant happiness survey

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    A market research company, Cultural Connections, carried out a survey to measure the shift in migrants’ level of happiness. The survey sampled 600 migrants by asking them to respond to "How happy were you when you first arrived in New Zealand?" and "How happy are you now?” on a 10 point scale.

  • Celebrations of cultural diversity in Rotorua

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    The Rotorua Multicultural Council receives Ethnic Communities Development Funding from the Office of Ethnic Communities. By making use of the contribution of volunteers and through the generosity of those who provide refreshments at low cost and venues for free, small amounts of money can go a long way when organising events to celebrate the cultural diversity of Rotorua.

  • Sharing information to combat global tax evasion

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    The Government has signed up to the global automatic exchange of information (AEOI) initiative led by the OECD. We’re one of 100 countries that will automatically share some financial account information about foreign tax residents. All countries will use the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) to identify and report on financial accounts held or controlled by foreign tax residents.

  • In My Own Words: Ahi Karunaharan

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    Kia ora! My name is Ahi and I was born in the UK and raised in Aotearoa, New Zealand. I am the child of Sri Lankan migrants and have spent close to fifteen years working as a professional in the arts industry as an actor, writer, director, producer and composer. Like many other sectors, the landscape of New Zealand’s arts and culture industry is rapidly changing but right now we need to step up and start stepping ahead.